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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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Beautiful sequence of pictures. I enjoyed seeing the cubs as they are learning and growing. Thanks Jess.

Thank you, William!

Master Tracker

OH WOWZER what a fantastic sighting

Jess, I loved leopards🤗

Dear Jesse my heart jumped with joy and delight! Two cubs! They look healthy and happy. Hopefully their mum will be able to lead them to independence

It is very exciting! I hope the Nkoveni Female is successful in raising them!

Thank you for these gorgeous foto’s of the Nkoveni female and her two cubs. They are so precious I wish I could of seen them as well. They are enjoying themselves playing with each other and with mom. At last we know now there are two cubs, she is a stunning cat the Nkoveni female.

It is good news and I hope one day you can see them too!

One of our all-time favorite sightings was watching leopard cubs learn the tree climbing skill under the watchful eye of mom.(Going up is much easier than coming down!)
I was amazed at how long our group was willing to stay to watch the whole thing unfold.

That sounds like an incredible sighting! Glad you got to see that!

Senior Digital Ranger

The amazing gifts of the wild. Memories that will last a lifetime. All I can say is “WOW” and how lucky you and those who were there to see such an awesome siting
Great pictures! How exciting!!!

Love seeing the mama and cubs! Thanks for sharing this fantastic sighting!!!

Hi Jess. Delightful article with wonderful pics too. Thanks so much. What a joy to see! Wendy M

What a very special sighting for you, Jess. How old do you think the cubs are – 2-3 months? I was lucky enough to see Nkoveni playing with Plaque Rock back in Oct ’18, when she was about 6 months old. They treated us to a wonderful gymnastic display on a fallen tree, just a few feet away from us. (Alfie considered it to be one of his most memorable sightings, which is saying something when you look at how long he’s been a ranger).

Hi Suzanne, they are around 3-4 months old now.

Senior Digital Ranger

FABULOUS!!! The captures are not only exciting , but the expressions and motions of the little “Wugga-Wugga’s” are precious!
What a treat for you Jess! As much as your heart was pounding upon what became visible to you, mine is from afar! – It’s a relief to know that the cubs are alive and well! .. Likewise, they look to be eating well, as they look strong and healthy amidst their growth.
This I’m sure, will be a treasured moment in time for you never to forget! .. I feel blessed upon your sharings.

Thank you, Mama Lioness! A memory I won’t forget! Very exciting!

Such wonderful photos of the two cute cubs and their mom! Are the cubs still fine?

Hi Christa, the last time I saw the Nkoveni Female and her two cubs was on the 29th of April. They seemed fine and healthy then, which is good news!

Digital Tracker

Oh wow that’s absolutely gorgeous! What beautiful pics and what adorable Cubs!! Would have been so amazing to see! They are too cute! She looks like a great mumma too! ❤️

Happy you were able to spend time with these young ones and take exceptional photos! So very special!

This is a safari sighting dream come true!! Tiny active adorable fuzzy little spotty leopard cubs with their mama cavorting around! Just wonderful!

I’m so excited for you to view these two adorable cubs, whilst providing us with a fantastic series of photos documenting their practice session in climbing. Oh, to have been there!! Thanks Jess.

Gosh Jess, I just replied to Dan’s blog saying that I was sure it wouldn’t be long till the cubs would be seen and bam..the very next day there you are enjoying the most spectacular viewing of them all together. Stunning light and pictures..what a treat for you indeed 🙏🏻💗

What a cool sighting Jess, and I can imagine thrilling to witness in person!!❤️

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